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“Love Is...”
Artist: Common
Producer: J Dilla
Release Year: 2005
Song Sampled: “God Is Love”
Sample Release Year: 1970
Sample Effect: J Dilla and Common use a lesser-known message song from Marvin for their own message song about the importance of love and faith. This definitely works in a subtler fashion than using something more famous like “What’s Going On?”
Why The Song Is Dope: Common is at the peak of his powers on this track, blending socially conscious rap with smooth soul samples for an ambience that perfectly fits the tone of his progressive lyrics. —MC

“Love Is...”

Artist: Common
Producer: J Dilla
Release Year: 2005
Song Sampled: “God Is Love”
Sample Release Year: 1970
Sample Effect: J Dilla and Common use a lesser-known message song from Marvin for their own message song about the importance of love and faith. This definitely works in a subtler fashion than using something more famous like “What’s Going On?”
Why The Song Is Dope: Common is at the peak of his powers on this track, blending socially conscious rap with smooth soul samples for an ambience that perfectly fits the tone of his progressive lyrics. —MC

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Common Writes Tribute Letter In Honor Of Maya Angelou

Last week, Maya Angelou's death rocked the world. The exemplary author influenced a lot of poets, leaders, and also artists, especially in the form of Common...

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xxl freshmen best experiences
The XXL Freshmen photo shoot is done all in one long, exhausting, grueling day, where each of the Freshmen delivers their freestyles and cyphers, conducts multiple interviews, and does their individual photo shoots before everyone comes together for the final cover shot. And for our 62 former Freshmen—as well as our 12 new artists on the cover this year—it can be the longest, yet most rewarding, day of their career to that point. Last week XXL asked 22 former Freshmen for advice that they could give to the current XXL Freshmen, and today we've asked 27 of our former cover stars to share the best moments of their experience at the cover shoot and as a Freshman overall. —As Told To Eric Diep, Miranda Johnson, Emmanuel C.M. and Dan Rys
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27 Former XXL Freshmen Name The Best Moments From Their Freshmen Experience

Roots Picnic
The 7th annual Roots Picnic featured some of the biggest names in the music industry this past weekend. Artist like Janelle Monae, The Roots, Snoop Dogg, A$AP Ferg and more hit the stage and provided the Philly crowd with incredible music, but a along with the good tunes, we got to see some very cool and fashionable individuals. Three items that we saw a lot of people wear were: round designer frames, top hats for the ladies and bucket hats for the fellas, and we also saw a lot of picnic-goers with a unique sense of style that set them apart from the crowd. We got to a chance to walk around the entire Roots Picnic including the backstage area sponsored by Reebok and snapped pictures of the most stylish individuals that we saw at this years Roots Picnic. Photo Credit: Carlos Ubilla
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22 Of The Best Looks From The 2014 Roots Picnic

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